Islamabad, 15 November 2022 (TDI): European Union (EU) Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson paid a two day visit to Pakistan on 13 November 2022.
The visit’s agenda was to discuss Migration and Mobility dialogue and Security Cooperation between the EU and Pakistan.
A wide range of bilateral relationships with the government, law enforcement agencies, and UN organizations. EU Commissioner was welcomed by the EU Ambassador to Pakistan, Riina Kionka and other delegates.
On Day 1, Commissioner Ylva Johansson visited Peshawar, close to the Afghan border, where she had discussions with the Frontier Corps and the Federal Investigation Agency on several topics (FIA) related to mutual interest.
Ylva Johansson received an update on the battle against organized crime, terrorism, and border management initiatives.
An unprecedented comprehensive debate on migration and mobility will now be started between the EU and Pakistan. This will include dealing with irregular migration and migrant smuggling.
Likewise, continuing to enhance cooperation on return, readmission, and reintegration through the complete and efficient implementation of the Pakistan-EU readmission agreement will also be included.
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This will cover all pertinent aspects of migration management. On Day 2, at a joint press conference, to make it easier for suitably qualified Pakistani people to work & reside in interested EU States, Commissioner Johansson met Hina Rabbani Khar
Hina Rabbani Khar, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan decided to step up preparations for the establishment of a Talent Partnership with Pakistan.
Commissioner Johansson on her part expressed her gratitude to the Pakistani government for being so kind as to welcome 3 million Afghans, of which 1.3 million are refugees.
She also touched upon the recent show of continental cooperation by the EU in hosting 4.5 million Ukrainian refugees this year.
The Commissioner discussed potential legal and secure migration routes to Europe with Federal Ministers and Secretaries of the Interior, Overseas and Human Resource Development, and Education and Professional Training.
Commissioner Ylva Johansson wrapped up her trip to Pakistan by having in-depth conversations with the United Nation in Pakistan family.